Glee

Season 2 Episode 21

Funeral

8
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 17, 2011 on FOX
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An untimely death rocks McKinley High while New Directions prepares for Nationals in New York City.

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  • an average episode

    8.0
    well in this episode the Gleeks are getting closer to going to new york and still an evil Sue is still wants to reavege on the Gleeks and later that little girl Becky the one the downs wants to be apart of the New Directions and whats up with her saying that the members of club can't sing? and we learn that Sue fired her becaues Becky remains her of her now dead sister sad :(. and them a crazy thing that happens is that The Direction sing "Pure Imagation" from the Wonka movie tottaly unexpection and latet Finn dumps Quinn and I'm tried of her always saying that she and finn are gonna be Prom King and Queen get over it Quinn! and oh yeah I hate how Jessie judges Santannta,Meraeces and Kurt, kurt is right "jessie st SUCKS"moreless
  • Sue's sister dies and the Glee Club puts on a funeral.

    7.7
    For the penultimate episode of Season 2, this was a pretty tame episode with some very emotional moments, some big revelations and changes, and for the most part, a lousy collection of songs being sung. Usually, I look forward to seeing what Glee will do for songs, but this week was just boring, especially during the auditions.



    I did think it was interesting to see Sue in a vulnerable place. Her sister was the one good thing in her life and the one thing that made her somewhat normal to the rest of us, and her death is something of a surprise for us, but also a deeper look into Sue's psyche. I can only assume that the show will submit this as Jane Lynch's Emmy tape, and it's definitely a good mix of humor and drama.



    I also enjoyed the fact that we're finally getting some changes. The whole Finn and Quinn relationship/romance between Rachel and Finn has gone on WAY longer than it should've. I would've liked to see that crap ended at the beginning of Season 2 and focus on different things. But kudos to the writers for forward momentum. I'm a fan of that.



    I was NOT a fan of the songs sung tonight. It just seemed super lazy, and while I like the singers themselves and the actors playing them, the songs just bored me to death. I haven't even mentioned Jesse St. James, who's appearance here and his subsequent dismantling of the group's confidence, is so stupid and pointless that it makes me wonder what anybody was thinking with the show. As if anybody would deal with a traitor of his sort sticking around and letting him kick them around. Lame.



    Definitely not a bad episode, but boy, this show has a ton of stuff it could work on to make it way better.moreless
  • Really touching in some areas, not so great in others this was a pretty decent set up for the season finale. There was some stuff I loved, and other stuff that I hated.moreless

    7.5
    Hated: Quinn- One of the things that I don't like about season 2 is what they have done to Quin's character. She was alright when she was with Sam, but ever since they started this prom queen obsession she's gone downhill. The auditions: Like a fourth of the episode was just watching audition after audition with uninteresting songs. Not to mention Jesse being a jerk. Loved: Sue- Although many argue that this plot was too human for her, I thought it was really sweet. And even though she wasn't as cruel, she was still herself, just hurting. Finn and Quinn FINALLY breaking up: Pair Quinn up with Sam or Puck, but her and Finn are not a good match. I also liked the foreshadowing of her getting some revenge in New York, it makes me even more interested for the season finale.moreless
  • Funeral...

    7.0
    Okay, so it took almost an entire season, but Glee finally delivered a good episode. Well, mostly good. "Funeral" focuses on the Glee club's involvement in the funeral of coach Sylvester's sister Jean (the good part) and the soloists trying out for the lead spot at nationals (the bad part).



    When I heard about the funeral story line I was worried for the show to say the least. Save for the scenes between Kurt and his father when they are coming to terms with how Kurt's homosexuality affected their relationship, the show has failed almost uniformly to really deliver on emotional plot points. Amazingly, they actually pulled this one off. I will never forget the ridiculousness of everything that Sue has done this year, but Jane Lynch absolutely blew me away in this episode. The changes in the character that we get to see over the course of the piece were just about the best character moments that the show has ever delivered and I pray that it is a change that will stay. Sue's redemption and desire to become a more positive person because it is what her sister would want has come at just about a perfect time for the show. Sue was probably what made the show the success that it was in the early stages, but season two has turned her into nothing but a series of poorly placed one-liners. Having her be able to command more screen time without being totally ridiculous is only going to help the show in its third season and may even prompt the lovely people at Fox to remember that there is a story behind all of those iTunes downloads.



    Sadly for those viewers interested in the characters and not the songs, the writers couldn't help but drag down the tone of what was set up to be a perfect episode by having ten minutes of completely unrelated to the plot songs. Actively seeking to poorly parody American Idol is a terrible idea as it is, but to have characters simply walk on stage one after the other and sing just felt so pointless. If the audition story had actually been followed through on then one could argue that the songs served a purpose, but in the end, Mr. Schuester decides that there will be no lead and further makes the whole process redundant. Due to the colossal waste of screen time on singing, there was only some short lived scenes between Emma and Will - the only two characters who's interactions have consistently worked throughout the season. As Will prepares to leave for Broadway after nationals, the two of them pack up his clothes and the chemistry between them almost hemorrhages out of the television screen. Given how long it would take - with Emma's condition - for the two of them to form a real relationship, I'm not quite sure what the writers are going for in keeping the two of them apart. Emma is clearly in love with Will and Will is clearly in love with Emma and yet they remain completely separate from one another for absolutely no reason. You can't really argue that having them just get together this early on in the show would take away from future plots as the two of them do so little together anymore on screen. If anything, you'd have to say that watching them form a relationship would be far more compelling television than show tunes!



    I didn't really think that it was possible to be thoroughly disappointed with and at the same time very happy with one episode of television. "Funeral" excelled past my expectations in some regards and fell totally flat in others. I know that I'm watching the wrong show for forty consecutive minutes without a song, but I still tune in every time hoping that this week will be different. There are some really great characters played by some really great actors in this show. Won't someone let them act?moreless
  • An excellent episode tainted with bad musical numbers

    6.5
    I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline in Funeral, it was great to see a different side to Sue Sylvester, while being distraught over her sisters death, she still managed to maintain her true self and made her usual insulting remarks. The inclusion of Jesse St. James was a highlight, I really liked his take of judging the auditions, each comment he gave and the reaction from the auditioner in particular the look on Mercedes' face as she dragged the microphone stand behind her had me laughing. What I didn't like about this episode were the extremely horrible song choices. Yes the styles of songs were true to the characters but the songs themselves were very painful to listen to with the exception of the group number during the funeral. It wasn't helped by the fact that music was too loud and their voices were hard to hear.



    I would have preferred to listen to some songs that were a little more recognizable.



    Overall I give this episode a 7/10moreless
Kari Coleman

Kari Coleman

Donna Jackson

Guest Star

Jim Metzler

Jim Metzler

Minister

Guest Star

Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff

Jesse St. James

Special Guest Star

Harry Shum Jr.

Harry Shum Jr.

Mike Chang

Recurring Role

Chord Overstreet

Chord Overstreet

Sam Evans

Recurring Role

Ashley Fink

Ashley Fink

Lauren Zizes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Music Featured in this Episode:
      "Back To Black" by Amy Winehouse
      "Some People" from Gypsy
      "Try a Little Tenderness" written by Irving King
      "My Man" by Barbra Streisand
      "Pure Imagination" from the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Sue: (Reading her eulogy) I miss my sister, every night at 10, or so, she used to call me on the phone. And when I asked her why, she tell me that her body told her she wanted to hear my voice. (Breaks down)
      Will: (taking over) I miss my sister, the smell of her shampoo, the way she can always convince me to read her another book. When you love someone like I loved her, they are part of you. It's like they are attached by this invisible tether no matter how far away you are, you can always feel that. And now every time I reach for that tether, I know there's no one on the other end, and I feel like I'm falling into nothingness. Then I remember Jean, I remember a life lived with no enemies, no resentments, no regrets and I'm inspired to get up out of bed and go on. I miss my sister so much, it feels like a piece of me has been ripped off. Just one more time I wanna hold her, ten more seconds is that too much to ask?. Ten seconds to hold her. But I can't and I won't. And the only thing that keeps me from being swallowed by sadness is that Jean would have killed me if I did. So from now, I'm just gonna miss her. I love you Jean, rest in peace.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Pohřeb (Funeral)

    • This episode marks the last appearance of Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester) as a series regular, although she is still listed in the main credits in the next episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 17, 2011 on Global
      United Kingdom: June 6, 2011 on E4/E4 HD
      Australia: June 8, 2011 on Channel Ten
      Sweden: June 8, 2011 on TV11
      Czech Republic: January 7, 2012 on Prima LOVE
      Slovakia: February 12, 2012 on JOJ

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Sue tells Terri to "make it so." This phrase has been made most popular by Captain Jean-Luc Picard from the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation